New affordable homes in Bideford support local employment, economy and housing needs

Homes for the South West member, Westward, is delivering 20 high quality new affordable homes in Bideford, in partnership with new local developer NG Properties SW. The development, at Pridham Place, is providing 12 homes for shared ownership and eight for social rent.

The majority of the shared ownership properties were snapped up in the first ten days from release, with most viewings being conducted virtually.

These two, three and four-bedroom high-specification shared ownership homes were delivered by Westward in response to customer feedback, which highlighted demand for larger properties. Westward was involved in the design of the new homes with architect Andy Patersons.

Westward development manager, Samantha Novak, said:

“NG Properties SW is a new developer from the area and we’ve worked so well together to provide these much needed affordable homes in Bideford. They are local people employing local people and we hope to do much more with them in the future. It’s the start of some great partnership working in Torridge.

“It’s also thanks to funding from Homes England and Torridge District Council, along with their fantastic support, that we were able to provide these beautiful homes in the area.”

An added bonus for the community is that as part of the Section 106 development requirements, NG Properties has contributed £25,000 towards improvements to the local play park, at Stucely Road.

Councillor Pete Watson, Lead Member for Affordable Housing Delivery, said:

“It’s great to see this team effort come to fruition and the emphasis that’s been placed on providing much needed but affordable larger properties for local families. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project and to Westward’s development manager, Sam Novak, in particular.”

The remaining three shared ownership properties and eight social rent homes will be available by Spring 2021 via Devon Home Choice.

The site was once a prisoner-of-war camp. Pridham Place is named after one of the former owners of the land, Dr T. L. Pridham, well-known in the mid-1800s for his kindness towards the less fortunate. Since then, the site has been used for the manufacturing of bespoke timber bridges and wooden lodges and, in later years, as storage for a local carpet and furniture retail business.